The summer sun is hot and the nights are long in July, and St. Pete is reopening and booming full of events for everyone in the family. No matter your taste, interest or vibe, St. Pete’s got you covered. Check out our monthly lineup of some of our favorite happenings in the St. Pete Area.
Enjoy some summer beats at Cage Brewing. Photo: Skywalker Adventures
St. Pete Summer Jam – July 2-4
Enjoy three days of jams July 2-4 at Cage Brewing, featuring the music of the Grateful Dead and more. Enjoy artists like George Pennington III and Rusty Strings alongside food and merchandise vendors. Lawn chairs and pets are welcome. Tickets are required and vary based on the number of days. Gates open at 3pm on Friday and Sunday, and 2pm on Saturday. Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/st-pete-summer-jam-tickets-151288858047 for more information.
There’s so much to do during the Fourth at St. Pete Pier. Photo: St. Pete Pier
The Fourth Independence Day Celebration at St. Pete Pier – July 2-4
Join us at St. Pete Pier for the Inaugural “The Fourth St. Pete Pier Independence Day Celebration” for St. Pete’s biggest Fourth of July celebration. This three-day event features fun for the whole family, including the first-ever St. Pete Pier Run, food trucks and other vendors, live music on the Visit St. Pete Mainstage, a silent disco and other interactive activities. The fun runs all weekend long, 5pm-10pm on Friday July 2, 12pm-10pm on Saturday, and 6am to 9pm on July 4th, culminating in an amazing fireworks display on the waterfront at 9pm. The impressive display can be visible from the entire Downtown waterfront, including Bayshore Dr., Straub Parks, Vinoy Park, and more. For more information, visit https://stpetepier.org/thefourth/.
Marvel at illuminated drones! Photo: Visit St. Pete Clearwater
City of St. Pete’s Duke Energy Drone Light Show: Celebrating One-Year Anniversary of the St. Pete Pier – July 6
Celebrate the anniversary of one of St. Pete’s most iconic locations in an iconic way! Watch as 300 illuminated drones create massive 5000 foot wide displays in the one-of-a-kind experience. Gather with your friends and family from 5pm-10pm at Spa Beach Park for local entertainment and DJs, followed by the drone show at 9pm. The first 2000 guests that arrive at the park will receive special wristbands that will interact wit the display. Wristband distribution will begin at 8pm at the event merchandise tent located at the entrance to Spa Beach Park. Visit https://stpetepier.org/event/anniversary/ for more information.
Learn about the fascinating world of chimpanzees. Photo: Suncoast Primate sanctuary
Celebrate World Chimpanzee Day at Suncoast Primate Sanctuary – July 10
Celebrate World Chimpanzee Day at the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary’s outdoor park from 10am-4pm on July 10. Enjoy special tours, view chimpanzee art, and other activities for children. Picnic lunches to enjoy at the park are welcome, as are well-behaved and leashed dogs. Suggested donations are $15 for adults and $10 for children 10 and under (2 and under free). Please visit http://www.suncoastprimate.org/ for more information.
Explore whales in new, high-tech ways. Photo: Visit St. Pete Clearwater
Whales: Living with Giants – Through Aug 31
Explore the world of these massive creatures now through August 31 at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Activities include multi-media exhibits, a virtual reality experience, walk-through life-size whale gallery, kids’ interactive zone, and a theater featuring whale-related films and speakers. And on July 5-8 and 12-15, you can enjoy an interactive experience with real mermaids, included with admission! Tickets vary by experience and type of guest. Visit https://www.cmaquarium.org/ for more.
Lee Miller; Photo: Dali Museum
The Woman who Broke Boundaries: Photographer Lee Miller – July 13 through January 2, 2022
Opening July 13 at the Dali Museum, this special exhibit celebrates the portraiture and photojournalism of the groundbreaking female photographer, offering an in-depth look at events that shaped the 20th century. Entry is included in museum admission. Tickets must be purchased in advance at https://thedali.org/exhibit/photographer-lee-miller/.
The classic loves story gets a rewrite; Photo: American Stage
Romeo & Juliet in America (The One with a Happy Ending) – July 21-31, Select Days
This bold retelling of one of Shakespeare’s most famous tales imagines how life would have been if the two star-crossed lovers received a different fate. Complete with street fights, party crashing and clandestine encounters, plot twists drive the tale towards a satisfying conclusion. Performances are in Williams Park at 7:30pm with gates opening at 6:30pm. Performances run Thursdays-Sundays, with a preview on Wednesday, July 21. Tickets range from $20-$50 and are available at: http://americanstage.org/romeojuliet/
Enjoy colorful art, jewelry and more!; Photo: Visit St Pete Clearwater
The Women of Summer Art, Glass and Jewelry – July 17-August 28
Visit the Syd Entel Gallery in Safety Harbor for a celebration of female artists featuring work in a variety of mediums from canvas and metal to clay and glass. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 9:30am-5pm, Saturday 10am-3pm, and closed Sunday and Monday. Visit https://sydentelgalleries.com/ for more information.
Join us for the 32nd Annual Cool Art Show; Photo: PAVA
The 32nd Annual Cool Art Show – July 24-25
Explore the works of over 60 unique artisans at this FREE art show at the St. Pete Coliseum, from 10am-5pm on Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sunday. Food concessions will be available as well, including beer and wine. Visit https://pava-artists.org/cool-art-show-2021 for more information.
Summertime is in full swing and there’s an event for everyone this July in St. Pete. Which event are you most excited about?